The introduction of Arizona’s harsh immigration-related law enforcement bill (SB 1070) has intensified the immigration debate on all sides, with local lawmakers who oppose a patchwork of state and local immigration regulations leading the way toward a rational national debate on immigration reform.
I invite you to join your peers serving in municipal and state government in combating Arizona type legislation and signing the pledge card below to voice your support for comprehensive immigration reform.
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Fight Back Against Arizona-style Legislation
Fiscal, social and political costs are causing Arizona-inspired bills to lose momentum.
As part of a series of state level periodic snapshots of how SB 1070-style laws and other measures seeking to marginalize immigrants only serve to further worsen state fiscal problems, each week the National Immigration Forum releases a fiscal memo for a different state. Click the links for the memos: Mississippi, California, Illinois and Ilinois Blog.
Deficits, Lawsuits and Diminished Public Safety: Your State Can’t Afford SB1070 - This report explains factors (state deficits, legal challenges to SB 1070 and public safety concerns) that state lawmakers should consider when debating whether or not to bring SB 1070-style legislation to their states.
Utah Compact Case Study - This report provides a closer look at the process that led to the Utah Compact, and what factors could make similar efforts in other states successful.
Unconstitutional and Costly: The High Price of Local Immigration Enforcement, Center for American Progress, January 24, 2011
Local Immigration Enforcement Cost by the Numbers, Center for American Progress, January 25, 2011
Checklist for Estimating the cost of SB 1070-style Legislation, Immigration Policy Center, January 2011
What Legislators Can Do
Helpful Materials for Opposing Arizona-style legislation
Over 50 States/Localities Passed Resolutions Opposing Arizona SB 1070
Template Resolution Opposing Arizona SB 1070
CIR Resolutions (passed prior to signing of Arizona SB 1070)
Research, Polling and Talking Points
New Evidence Shows the Latest Immigrants to America Are Following in Our History's Footsteps
With Election Looming, Three Polls Confirm Immigration Tops Latino Voter Concerns
Public Opinion and the Arizona Immigration Law: What Do Voters Support and Why?
The Economic & Political Power of Immigrants, Latinos and Asians in all 50 States
Costly in Every Way: Anti-Immigrant Laws Hurt States Financially
Arizona Style Legislation
This year, states where legislation mirroring the Arizona SB 1070 law in varied form has been introduced include California- Assembly Bill 26, Colorado- Senate Bill 54, Florida- Senate Bill 136, Illinois- House Bill 6937, Indiana- Senate Bill 590 , Kentucky- Senate Bill 6 , Mississippi- Senate Bill 2179 and House Bill 54, Nebraska- Legislative Bill 48, South Carolina- Senate Bill 20 and House Bill 3129 and Texas- House Bill 17.
However, due to fiscal, social and political costs, Arizona-inspired bills are losing momentum. Many have stalled, died or are being reworked. Efforts to push back on these measures include:
Last year, legislators publicly indicated their intent to introduce Arizona-style legislation in the following states: Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia.
Five states - Michigan, South Carolina, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island - introduced laws similar to Arizona. The Rhode Island and South Carolina bills failed to be heard in committee before adjournment. In Michigan, the bill's author was aware that the bill was unlikely to pass and that other immigration legislation she proposed has not made it out of committee.
Efforts to pass Arizona SB 1070-type measures in Nevada and Kansas also failed. A petition initiative in Nevada was halted due to a several lawsuits. In Kansas, an amendment to the budget bill failed due to a procedural challenge and was ruled out of order.
Legal Opinions, Information and Resources on SB 1070
The Legal Challenges and Economic Realities of Arizona’s SB 1070, Immigration Policy Center
ACLU of Arizona Section by Section Analysis of SB 1070 “Immigration; Law Enforcement; Safe Neighborhoods”, American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona
Video: Arizona’s Immigration Crackdown, Center for American Progress
Fast Facts on Arizona’s Immigration Crack Down: The New Law’s Dangerous Economic, Social, and Legal Consequences, Center for American Progress
Arizona SB 1070 Blogs
Setbacks for SB 1070 Lead Authors of Copycats to Reconsider their Bills August 2
Gov. Jan Brewer Went Too Far: States Seeking to Copycat, Take Note July 29
Judge Ruling: Another Blow to Arizona SB 1070 and its Copycats July 28
Over 45 Resolutions Opposing SB 1070 Have Passed July 22
Local Legislators Commend DOJ Challenge Of Arizona SB 1070 July 6
State and Local Lawmakers Applaud Obama’s Immigration Speech And Want Action to Follow His Words July 2
Massachusetts rejects Arizona-style copycat legislation, resolutions opposed to Arizona grow in numbers June 29
Push Back: At least 60 Local Measures Oppose Arizona S.B. 1070 June 18
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